The Best Car Wax for a Beautiful Finish On Your Car or Truck

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Waxing your car isn’t just about making it look good. It’s about creating a barrier on your car’s paint to prevent contamination from the likes of road tar or pollution. We’ve checked out the best tools and products for waxing your car at home.

Getting Started

Crucially, you need to bear a few things in mind before you start. You need to work in a shady area. When car is baking in the sun at best the wax will be much more difficult to remove thanks to the heat and, at worst—especially with dark colored cars—the heat can actually soften the paint very slightly and make it more susceptible to scratching and swirl marks. Wax in small sections as it’s more likely you’ll do a good job of it (and not miss anything crucial), plus some waxes can be difficult to remove if they stay on too long.

You also need to consider what kind of wax is right for you. Purists will suggest nothing but carnauba wax. It’s natural, gives a great depth of shine and generally lasts 4-6 weeks. However, synthetic waxes also have their advantages. Namely, they typically provide longer protections. But, they don’t always provide the depth of shine that a carnauba based wax offers.

Choosing Between Spray, Liquid, Or Paste

Confused yet? Hold up—we have one other key area to explain. Different waxes are available in different formats.

Spray waxes are the easiest to apply. You just spray on, wipe it off, you’re done. However, it’s the least durable of any form of wax product. It is good for those with vehicles already in great condition, or if you don’t mind re-applying frequently.

Liquid waxes aren’t as easy to apply evenly as others, but they leave a great gloss and have way better durability than a spray wax. However, they take more time and effort to get right than a spray on variety.

Paste waxes are the favored choice of many car fans because they’re typically super durable, and they create a great warm glow for your paintwork. The downside? They take a ton of elbow grease to get just right, so you really need to commit yourself to the idea.

Whatever sounds good to you, we have a great suggestion in mind. Here are the best waxing products for your car or truck.

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